1/ The ‘land fever’ which showed its first signs in late 2018 intensified in 2019, especially in areas expected to become new administrative – economic centers, the suburbs of HCM City and some northern provinces.




Land fever broke out in Da Nang City in January and Van Don in February, after big infrastructure works became operational. Later, it emerged in Binh Thuan province after the news about the establishment of an airport in Phan Thiet and the plan by Phu Quoc authorities to build a city.

The real estate market was lackluster last year. The land fever in early 2019 was followed by a sharp decline in supply and the number of transactions.

In August 2019, the land fever occurred in Dong Nai province, especially in Long Thanh after the news about the dates to kick off the construction of Long Thanh Airport and the building of Cat Lai Bridge. In the last months of the year, rumors were that two towns in the province would be upgraded. 

2/ The supply from housing projects decreased significantly in 2019. A report showed that there were only 5 million square meters of construction floor throughout the country, a sharp decrease of 200 percent from the 14 million square meters in 2018.

According to the Ministry of Construction, in Q3 2019, HCM City had only 8 new projects eligible to sell apartments in the future, while the figure was 22 in Hanoi.

Some market survey firms reported that the supply of apartments in HCM City decreased by 74 percent compared with the same period last year, the lowest level n the last three years.

Meanwhile, the supply of affordable apartments continued to decrease. The situation has lasted since late 2018.

The short supply is attributed to the long time needed to approve projects. According to some analysts, the market has entered a correction period.

In 2019, the HCM City authorities allowed 124 projects to serve the inspection. The names of the 124 projects have not been made public.

3/ The year 2019 also witnessed a breakout of many ‘bogus’ projects.

Bogus projects appeared mostly in southern provinces/cities including Binh Thuan, HCM City, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Dong Nai. In Phu My Town of Ba Ria – Vung Tau alone, there were 113 bogus projects. Some local households and companies opened roads and divided land plots for illegal sale.

Alibaba Company was found collecting 600 hectares of agriculture land and ‘fabricated’ 40 projects in Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Binh Thuan. After that, it put the land up for sale though the projects had no legal status.

Chi Mai 


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